Age specific questions from about 3 months to about 1 year of age. Younger: newborn. Older: toddler.

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How thoroughly should a newborn girls private areas be cleaned?

I'm concerned about the hygiene of my newborn daughter's private areas. After pooping there are rarely any poop globules located between labia, but it does sometimes happen. Moreover, the "liquid" ...
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Is there any benefit to not responding immediately to a crying infant?

Crying is a newborn's favorite activity. They cry whenever they feel hungry, unsafe, or uncomfortable. But sometimes I prefer to not respond to crying as quickly as possible, in order to teach my ...
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Does using sign language really accelerate a child's ability to speak?

I have often heard that using sign language is really good in teaching a baby to talk. Is this really true, or is this an urban legend? Related: Can toddlers learn sign language?
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Why won't our infant stop crying when in the car seat?

We have a 2-month-old baby that will start crying as soon as we put her in the car seat and absolutely will not stop until she is out of it. She could be fed and asleep with a new diaper before the ...
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Should we put our baby in a helmet to mold her head?

We took our healthy daughter for her 4-month checkup and half-jokingly asked the doctor whether we should be concerned about the fact her head is a bit mis-shapen. It is fairly round in the back left ...
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Why use rice cereal as a first food?

Searches have come up with when and which one, but no why. Why is it recommended or common to feed infants rice cereal as their first food? Why would we feed our daughter a processed food over a ...
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What's the cleanest way to change a diaper on an airline flight?

I've gotten the technique of changing a diaper in a public restroom down fairly well if there's a counter or changing station. But recently we took a flight and I discovered I have no idea how to ...
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Baby breastfeeds for only 5 mins before sleeping again

My daughter is 2 months old and is exclusively breastfed. After drinking for only 5 mins she falls asleep again and wakes up crying again after 30 mins. We have tried different things like tickling ...
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Can I figure out what my baby wants by the sound it makes when it cries?

Can I figure out what my baby needs from its crying? According to Dunstan Baby Language, the sound used before hysterical baby crying gives information on what the baby needs. The Dunstan website ...
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How can I encourage my 13 month old to stand?

My 13 month daughter has no interest in standing or even putting weight on her feet. We're concerned if she doesn't start trying to stand she won't start walking. Is there anything I can do to ...
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How can I help my baby poop

My newborn (currently 6 weeks) sometimes goes a few days without a bowel movement. It seems like this makes her uncomfortable and she sometime looks like she's trying to get something going (she has ...
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Socialization strategies for a new stay-at-home Mom

My wife is going to be leaving her job shortly to stay at home with our two children (2.5 and 10 months), which of course is a really big step. She's a Ph.d. in immunology, and is a very gifted ...
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How can I get my 12-month baby to sleep in her bed?

My 12-month baby doesn't want to fall asleep in her own bed. We could do it in her rocking cot, but now it's too small, and currently we get her to sleep outside of bed, but every time she wakes up ...
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Transferring a sleeping infant from my arms to his bed [duplicate]

Sometimes my infant falls asleep in my arms and I need to transfer him to a more permanent position. When I try to lay him down in his crib, he wakes up and cries. Is there a good way to make the ...
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When should an infant stop sucking on her hands?

My little girl about 3 months old and she already mouths quite frequently on her hands. Should we try to discourage this behavior now (by pulling her hand away when we find her doing it), or wait ...
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Why does my baby like wires, and what can I give her instead?

My 7 month old daughter seems to be drawn to wires. What can she eat instead that won't electrocute her?
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Why do infants flail their arms?

I've noticed that with most infants (say, around 6 months old, give or take), when presented with an object, there are 3 main things that they'll do with it: look at it put it in their mouth hold it ...
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How much noise does it take to negatively impact an infant's hearing?

In our apartment complex we have fire alarms that are outrageously loud. Last night, we woke at 4:30 am to the alarm going off all through the building. We got out as quickly as possible, but I'm ...
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How to include Dad in breastfeeding process?

I'm due in two-three weeks. I'd like breastfeed my son exclusively for at least a month or two (circumstance permitting). My question is: how do I include my husband in breastfeeding? We've talked ...
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Should I declare my baby when booking a hotel?

Recently, when booking a trip, I discovered that if I included my infant when making a reservation the price was often as much as $100 more per night. When I confronted the hotel about this (we were ...
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What should we pack when going camping with an infant?

My family and I are going camping in a couple of weeks and were wondering if anyone had any tips or just precautions we should take. I have been camping only a couple of times in my life; however, my ...
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What are the risks of putting a newborn baby to sleep on their front?

For our first baby, we were told by various midwives in no uncertain terms, that babies must always be placed on their backs to sleep (no explanation ever given- just instructions!). This was all very ...
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Restricting infant on almost every move

Most of the times I restrict my 10 month old on doing things which I feel would have a negative impact on him. For example, I say NO in a louder tone when he makes a desperate attempt to put his hand ...
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Pros and cons of putting an infant in a Daycare

My kid (not born yet) has both parents working. I have the choice of calling up my father in law to stay at our house to watch the infant of 5 months and I also have the choice of sending the kid in ...
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Are ExerSaucers/walkers/jumpers bad for children or is that simply a misconception?

I have heard my whole life that the above mentioned types of toys delay walking and/or independent sitting (depending on the age they're used). I've even heard that they can hurt the infant's legs. ...
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When should I stop swaddling my baby?

I swaddled my baby in a swaddling blanket for a short time after he was born, and then moved on to a Halo combination sleep sack and swaddle blanket. He is now nearly 3 months old, and I'm still using ...
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How do we prepare for a long car journey with a 2 month old?

Is there anything specific to think about when planning a long car journey (12 hours with an overnight stop) with a 2-month old? I guess one of the issues is whether one of the adults stays in the ...
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Why would my 9 week old refuse to nurse from breast?

My 9 week old has recently started to refuse to nurse from the breast. She will only eat from the bottle (pumped breastmilk). She has successfully breastfed since birth, she also uses the bottle ...
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Do baby massages improve motor skills and emotional development?

I find a lot of parents take their baby to get baby massages. I have heard that babies who receive periodic baby massages (such as once a week) are showing rapid development in their motor skills and ...
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Controlled crying isn't working at night. What are my options?

We used controlled crying to help our daughter get to sleep easier at 6 months. This was hard work at the time but now, at 10 months, we can reliably put her down at the end of her bed time routine ...
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Is Video Chatting Bad for Newborns?

I've read that the AAP says that TV is bad for children under 2, but is video chatting (e.g., Skype or Google Hangouts)? My wife & I both have family that is out of state. The grandparents ...
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Do dummies (“pacifiers”) hinder speech development?

I have always frowned on the use of dummies, because my mother (who ran a nursery for 25 years) was adamant that they can hinder a child's speech development. Our new baby is very unsettled and very ...
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How do you determine what the age-appropriate foods for a baby are?

Our baby is 14 months now and he has eaten almost any kind of food. But during the first months, it was so confusing the fact that each doctor and/or "expert", suggested their own schedule about when ...
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Baby awake in the morning but quiet?

Our baby is nearly 6 months old, and generally when awake during the day (from 8-9 AM) he needs attention and care (at least periodically, otherwise he is pretty good at inventing occupation for ...
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How can we explain our “cry it out” strategy to people who oppose it?

My wife and I have had success with a form of the "cry it out" strategy with our three children. I know it's not for everyone, but our household has gotten into some healthy sleep patterns without ...
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What kind of impact have parental quarrels on children?

What kind of impact (permanent or temporary) can parental quarrels have over a child on the short-term and on the long-term? I wish to know if some studies have been done on the matter. Answers with ...
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What stroller features are essential for regular use on the subway?

With subways being crowded spaces, with gaps to get over, escalators and steps etc., what types of stroller, and what functionality in a stroller should I be looking at for my newborn/infant?
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How can I get my 7 m/o to stop rubbing her eyes?

We have observed our 7 month old rubbing her eyes ever since we can remember. She does this especially when she's tired, but also when she's bored or starting to get frustrated. She'll oftentimes rub ...
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How do I help my 4 month old nap longer?

My daughter is 4 1/2 months old and she only naps for 30-45 minutes at a time. She wakes up happy, but she is tired again after a little over an hour. I know some babies are naturally short nappers. ...
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How can I encourage my baby's first words while keeping up a bilingual distinction?

My wife and I speak to our daughter (13 months old) in Hebrew and in English, respectively; we're careful that each of us speak to her consistently in our own language all the time. She's on the ...
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What methods are effective for teaching vocabulary to young children?

What method is effective for teaching very young children vocabulary? I mean that you have a way of continuously teaching them more; you don't just run out. And you can tell it works, because when ...
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Giving tea to infants

I read on the internet that giving tea to infants can cause iron absorption problems, the problem is our infant of 9 months loves tea , as we gave her a sip when she demanded it and now she wants it ...
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How to deal with visiting a household with very different parenting techniques

My wife and I have a 5 month old son, after a rocky start he's settled into an ok routine, especially for bed time (Baby massage, bath and bottle by 7/7:30). We have a problem when visiting my sister ...
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What are some ways to encourage a gifted toddler's development?

My girlfriend claims that our infant (about 9 month old boy) is gifted because he is doing certain things relatively early, such as the way he "speaks", moves around, eats, observes etc. That may very ...
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How young is too young to take a child overseas?

My wife and I are expecting a child at the end of February. My sister-in-law is planning on getting married in early May in Macedonia (we live in the US). This is our first child and we're more than a ...
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At what age should my baby be expected to support her own head?

I have a 4-month old daughter. Each time she is awake she gets some "tummy-time" where we put her on her stomach on a play-mat, to build up her neck muscles. She doesn't like it that much and ...
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What are the most important features to look for in a baby monitor?

I want to buy a baby monitor but I am overwhelmed by all the different options. based on your experience, what are the most important features to look for in a baby monitor? Please explain the reasons ...
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How long can a 3-month-old go without eating?

My 3-month-old son has started sleeping through the night, with a vengeance. He sleeps for hours. And when he finally wakes up and I expect him to be starving, he's often still ready to happily play ...
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What are signs my daughter is teething?

My daughter is three months old, and I'm starting to wonder if she's teething. What would be signs that she's started to cut teeth, and is the age in the normal range for that development?
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Is it better to get an infant car seat or a convertible?

Is it better to get an infant car seat or a seat that converts from one stage to the next? Is there any benefit to the infant car seat that justifies paying for an infant car seat and a toddler car ...